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Learning at Spensley Street

Spensley Street Primary School is a community of learners – students, teachers, parents and carers.

Our teaching and learning programs follow the principles of a child-centred, developmentally appropriate and integrated curriculum. Our teaching practices at the school are based on a philosophy that values a multi-aged learning environment.

Empowering Students for the Future

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 is structured as a continuum across levels of learning achievement not years of schooling. This enables the development of targeted learning programs for all students, where the curriculum is used to plan in relation to the actual learning level of each student rather than their assumed level of learning based on age.

Our curriculum framework at Spensley Street provides space for learners to explore, analyse and engage with their environment and the world around them and, in the process, strengthen the knowledge and skills that will enable them to understand and deal with complex issues that affect the environment and society now and into the future. It provides a holistic picture and lens to help frame, organise and integrate the Victorian Curriculum to ensure that students are provided with breadth and depth across all areas of the curriculum.

At Spensley Street students learn through inquiry. Inquiry learning is a student-centred, active learning approach that takes as its starting point the natural process of inquiry, building on this to develop information-processing and problem-solving skills. Students are actively involved in the construction of their knowledge. The curriculum plan incorporates nine big ideas on a three-year cycle. Big Ideas are significant, relevant ideas that have global significance. Informed by the SSPS Throughlines (learning to understand ourselves and each other, learning about and living well with others and learning about the physical world). The Big Ideas cover concepts that are interconnected and can be addressed across multiple curriculum areas.



We can use knowledge about what has changed and what has stayed the same to connect to the past and prepare for the future.


People organise the way they live, work and connect in a range of ways which has changed over time. Structures, such as rules and laws are designed to help groups function effectively.



The observations we make and the interactions we have in our world and help us to make decisions, solve problems and think critically.


Enterprising attributes and behaviours can allow us to engage in and contribute to the economy; making things happen, being creative and finding opportunities for ourselves.



We all need to take responsibility to look after our environment so that it is preserved for future generations.


All living things depend on their (built and natural) environments for their survival and wellbeing. The way we interact with environments affects them and us in both positive and negative ways.

English Curriculum

At Spensley Street, we believe that competency in English enhances our understanding and enjoyment of the world as well as the quality of our participation in society (social, cultural, economic/employment). English underpins communication and supports learning in all areas of schooling.

Mathematics Curriculum

At Spensley Street, we believe that every student can learn mathematics to a high level. We aim to ensure that all children develop a positive attitude towards mathematics, fluency with mathematical processes, and the ability to confidently apply their maths skills to real-life situations.

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